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West Oak Lane: Flowers Bring Family Closer

West Oak Lane: Flowers Bring Family Closer

It all started in Virginia. The 15-year-old Paul Beale would rush to the flower shop after school and on weekends to be able to work with flowers. “I’ve always wanted to work with flowers,” Beale said. “It makes me feel closer to nature. You get to have so many different options to work with.” Shortly […]

 

Northern Liberties: Getting the Community’s Hands Dirty

Northern Liberties: Getting the Community’s Hands Dirty

Terrariums hang from the ceiling and green plants are everywhere inside City Planter. The former warehouse on 4th Street neat Brown is now a gardener’s sanctuary, with shelves of green plants and colorful flowers spilling out to the sidewalk, bringing their store out into the community. The employees take great pride in the work they do for the store, their […]

 

Northwest Philadelphia: Five Things To Indulge In This Spring

Northwest Philadelphia: Five Things To Indulge In This Spring

Philadelphia may be known as the City of Brotherly Love, but a little spring-time wandering through neighborhoods and you might think of it more as “the city of hidden gems.” The spring season certainly brings about a lot of movement and fun to be had throughout, and this year is no different. From a family-friendly […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Robertson’s Flowers Prepares for the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show

Chestnut Hill: Robertson’s Flowers Prepares for the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show

The Philadelphia Flower Show returned last weekend, giving a glimpse of spring amid an elongated winter. This year the theme for the show is “ARTiculture,” alluding to a mixture of art and horticulture. Exhibition designers for the Show drew inspiration from major art museums across the country. Robertson’s Flowers, a longstanding Chestnut Hill business, has […]

 By Ryan McDonald

Northeast: Stein Florist, a Neighborhood Legend

Northeast: Stein Florist, a Neighborhood Legend

In 1887, the Stein family delivered flowers throughout Philadelphia via horse and buggy. The horse and buggies might be gone, but more than 125 years later, Frankford Avenue’s Stein Florist is trying to maintain the same sense of professional and business ethics the family founded the company on. But in a more 21st century kind […]

 By Kevin Acevedo and Kayla Young

Fairhill: Businesses Being Kept in the Family

Fairhill: Businesses Being Kept in the Family

With side-by-side shops that last through the decades, families in Fairhill undoubtedly put pride into their work. The Izaguirre family owns a florist and dry cleaning shop, where they have made long lasting relationships with the community. Located on 2830 N. Fifth St., Mildred Izaguirre has owned 5th Street Florist for nine years as part […]

 By Emily Heller and Dan Koob

Germantown: Flowers Give Neighborhood New Life

Germantown: Flowers Give Neighborhood New Life

“I’m strong,” Kevon Lewis, a 7-year-old boy said as he lifted a hanging basket of petunias that is almost as large as he is. Kevon and his siblings were eager to help their grandmother with her garden during Grow This Block! a day of community gardening that took place this weekend on West Rockland Street […]

 By Bob Petro and Kimberley Richards

Mantua: Forever Colors is More than a Flower Shop

Mantua: Forever Colors is More than a Flower Shop

When Hakim Mumin opened up Forever Colors at 3906 Lancaster Ave., he wanted to make it more than a flower shop. After opening the vacant building he owned in the summer of 2005, he went back to his roots. “My father had owned a business called Marketplace West in the 1970s and we were into […]